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IPT: The Structure Continuum

posted Jun 8, 2009, 3:41 AM by Eddie Woo   [ updated Jun 8, 2009, 9:48 PM by Unknown user ]
This morning, we are learning about what I've dubbed the structure continuum. It's a fundamentally important category to have in your mind when thinking about the problems that decision support systems are designed to deal with.

Even though it is exceedingly rare for a problem to be classed as completely structured or completely unstructured, it is important to be able to describe the extremities of the continuum so that everything in between can be described in terms of how it leans towards one or the other. Copy the table below into a classwork post and fill it out, giving examples in each cell except the bottom row.

After that, read pp187-189 in the textbook. Then, including the Infobox that starts on p189, answer all questions on p190 (except Q4 and Q7).

  Structured  Unstructured
Inputs & Issues     
Result Comparison    
Relation to DSS